“The best competition I have is against myself to become better.” – John Wooden
“This quote from the legendary Coach Wooden is one of my all-time favorites. I’ve always strived to swim in my own lane, personally and professionally, and not worry about comparing myself to the person next to me. I set my own values and goals based on what is important to me and work to improve on those each day. In the words of Matthew McConaughey, “I chase my ideal self, ten years in the future.”
Meet Holly Melvin, our FrogSlayer Marketing Manager who joined the team in May of 2018. Holly is originally from Columbus, Texas and moved just 90 miles north to College Station to attend Mays Business School at Texas A&M. The community, growth, and opportunities that the Brazos Valley offers kept her in Aggieland after graduation.
Before joining FrogSlayer Holly worked in the custom software industry and knew that’s where she wanted to continue her professional growth. Holly joined the FrogSlayer team after being attracted to the leadership and culture.
What led you to Marketing?
It’s safe to say that I didn’t stray too far from the hobbies and interests I had growing up – and what a blessing that is! I have always loved creative writing, creation & design, people, and even analyzing data & numbers later on. Though one of the bigger decisions I’ve made in my life, choosing to pursue a marketing degree was one of the easiest decisions.
….and what a time to be alive in the marketing world with technology drastically changing the game, and fast – creating the perfect mix of fun and interesting work. I find great joy in keeping up with the latest tools & trends, experimenting with ideas and launching new initiatives, coupled with the challenge of understanding data and how to effectively use it – it makes no two workdays the same and the next day just as interesting as the previous.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I’m an early riser – I start the day swimming and/or running, do the whole breakfast thing, peruse social media and the news for any earth-shattering information, drive to the office which is just long enough to listen to a couple of songs (so I make them good ones), say my good mornings (the best part of the day), soak in all the positive energy and begin focusing on marketing – anything from our brand, content creation, digital marketing, data analysis, to working with our film crew, and everything in between.
In the evenings I can be found doing a combination of playing on some city league sports team, cycling, running, swimming, writing, reading, hanging out with friends, and/or attending an Aggie sporting event. I also head up our sports teams (volleyball and softball) at FrogSlayer so I’m in the middle of launching of my coaching career, in addition to being the tournament director for our ongoing, company-wide ping pong tournament. 😉
What are your hobbies?
Sports, sports, and more sports. Most evenings I can be found at some sports complex around College Station playing volleyball, kickball, or softball – in addition to bowling in a league where I carry a 170ish average.
I also enjoy a 20-mile cycle in the evenings which led me to an interest in training for a triathlon. I completed my first triathlon last year and have since continued to train and compete…so I suppose swimming and running are hobbies now too. Lastly, I am a huge Aggie sports fan. I haven’t missed a home football game in 6 years, and I attend 90% of home basketball and baseball games…WHOOP!
Overall my favorite hobby is finding new hobbies and meeting people along the way. My family and friends aren’t the least bit surprised these days when I show up with a new, random hobby, especially if it is sports related…like triathlons.
Where do you see the world of technology in 10 years?
As crazy as it sounds, I believe comedians are going to be more involved in technology research. Seriously. I’ve been fascinated that computers can solve the world’s most complex math problems, know every word in the English language, and put competitors to shame in Jeopardy, but stumble when it comes to natural, human communication and personality.
Currently machines have a limited sense of humor and therefore have a difficult time telling a joke or firing back a pun – those are uniquely human traits – leading me to believe it will take comedians assisting researchers in translating humor into code.
However, it is refreshing to know that while computers can solve complex math problems in seconds, that take ordinary people hours, they can’t win a pun-off or a standup comedy competition – something that is so natural to most individuals, like creativity, personality, and humor is actually so extremely complex that computers and researchers have yet to figure it out. Keep being you, humans!
Holly is an awesome addition to our team. She makes it a point to say good morning to everyone each day and her positive personality is contagious to everyone around her. “My favorite thing about working at FrogSlayer is the people. Everyday I walk into the office, I am surrounded by individuals from all different backgrounds and personalities. We have sports enthusiasts, technology extraordinaires, adventure seekers, gamers, food connoisseurs, and world travelers among others, who all just happen to know about custom software development. I love being surrounded by an incredibly intelligent group of folks with a plethora of interests- I wouldn’t have it any other way.”